Queer Poetics

In this four week intensive we’ll be studying queer poetry and poetics while working on our own poems. Queer here meaning both LGBTQIA , as well as unfixed (both meanings), as well as strange and poetics here meaning the study and theory of writing.  To that end we’ll be looking at poems and essays from historical and contemporary queer writers such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Eve Sedgwick, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Franny Choi, and many others. Each week you’ll write a poem in response to prompts that emerge from our reading whose goal is to push your sense of what’s possible in your own work. Class time will be half discussion of our readings and half workshopping what you’ve written. This course is open to everyone from those new to this study and practice as well as long time practitioners in the field. Be prepared to be extremely generous with each other’s work every week. Can’t wait to learn alongside you. 


March 17, 2021 - April 07, 2021


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Sam Sax


Sam Sax

sam sax is a queer, jewish, writer & educator. The author of Madness winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He's the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion with poems published in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, & Buzzfeed. He's received fellowships from The Poetry Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University.